Factoids and Trivia
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Factoids and Trivia
Entered on: 09/19/2006
About six people are killed by sharks every year. Some 50,000
people die of snake bites. Elephants kill 500 people a year.
"Constantly choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing
evil." Jerry Garcia
Every year across the globe, nearly one million people die
in automobile accidents. More than 42,000 of those deaths
occur in the United States.
A greater percentage of beachgoers are injured by jellyfish,
stingrays, or hardhead and gafftop fishes, which have poisonous
spines," McEachran said. "They are more likely to cause harm
than a shark."
Even peanuts, McEachran says, are a greater threat to humans
than sharks. About 90 people die worldwide each year from
allergic reactions to eating peanuts.
There's a better chance you'll win the lottery than be bitten
by a shark.
the leading causes of death in the United States are, in this
order, heart disease, cancer, stroke, chronic lower respiratory
diseases, and "accidental injury," a broad category that includes
a lot of stuff that just happens.
You are more likely to commit suicide or fall to your death
than be killed by a tsunami or any natural disaster, the odds say.
Earthquakes kill roughly 10,000 people every year, on average.
In Kenya, AIDS deaths are "equivalent to two 747 jets crashing
every day," stated a recent Red Cross report.
In sub-Saharan Africa last year, AIDS killed about two million
Globally, violence is a leading killer. It accounts for 14 percent
of all deaths among males and 7 percent among females, according
to a 2003 analysis by the World Heath Organization.
On an average day, 1,424 people are murdered. Somebody commits
suicide every 40 seconds.
Among people age one through 44, injuries are by far the leading
cause of death in the United States.
SOURCES: National Center for Health Statistics, CDC; American
Cancer Society; National Safety Council; International Federation
of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies; World Health Organization;
USGS; Clark Chapman, SwRI; David Morrison, NASA; Michael Paine,
Planetary Society Australian Volunteers
"Women who concentrate on the emotional aspects of their pain may
actually experience more pain as a result, possibly because the
emotions associated with pain are negative
The brain is made primarily of two different types of tissue, called
gray matter and white matter. This new research reveals that men
think more with their gray matter, and women think more with
white. Their findings show that in general, men have nearly
6.5 times the amount of gray matter related to general
intelligence compared with women, whereas women have nearly 10
times the amount of white matter related to intelligence
compared to men. "These findings suggest that human evolution
has created two different types of brains designed for
equally intelligent behavior,"
Different parts of the brain are activated by lying versus honest statements, two studies have found, and lies create activity in more locations.
ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) _ First one sheep jumped to its death.
Then stunned Turkish shepherds, who had left the herd to graze
while they had breakfast, watched as nearly 1,500 others followed,
each leaping off the same cliff, Turkish media reported Friday. In
the end, 450 dead animals lay on top of one another in a billowy
white pile, the Aksam newspaper said. Those who jumped later were
saved as the pile got higher, cushioning the fall, the daily
newspaper Aksam reported.
"He who adds not to his learning diminishes it."
Stephen Hawking once pointed out that the absence of tourists from
the future constitutes a strong argument against the existence of
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